Best – by Gary Smolker
I went to a dinner party in Beverly Hills Friday night, July 28, 2017.
Seven of us sat around a table in the kitchen, eating dinner and talking to each other.
Dinner was Buffet style – serve yourself.
The hostess wore the shiny shoes shown above.
While going from the driveway to the front door one passes under a painted alcove.
See photos above.
One of the husband-host’s and wife-hostess’ daughters and the daughter’s husband were guests.
Myself and two other people who are not members of the host and hostess’ family were also guests.
During a discussion about how the use smart phones to instantly exchange information has changed everybody’s life one of the guests, Kevin, who is an Internationally Famous South Korean florist, told of about a recent experience Kevin had.
While in Manhattan (which is on the East Coast of the United States), Kevin was invited by the head/chief chef at “Per Se” to come into the kitchen.
Kevin told us about his experience in the kitchen at Per Se.
- The kitchen at Per Se is immaculately clean, orderly, and organized.
- All the people working in the kitchen are also immaculately clean, orderly and organized.
- The work flow is totally organized.
- A screen on a wall in the Per Se kitchen in Manhattan in real time shows what is going on in the kitchen at the French Laundry.
- The French Laundry is located on the other side of the United States, on West Coast in Napa Valley.
- Both Per Se and The French Kitchen restaurants are owned/operated by 5 Michelin Star winner Chef Tom Keller.
- Kevin was told the kitchen in the French Laundry (located on the West Coast) has a screen which has a continuous feed showing what is going on in the Per Se kitchen in Manhattan.
The Palate and Its Pleasures
Various dishes (pictured above) were set out on a counter in the kitchen.
Each guest served themselves, buffet style.
It was a delicious meal.
The host and hostess come from a culture where it is not unusual for an entire day to be spent preparing one dish that will be served at dinner.
After everyone finished eating their dinner, dessert was served by placing different dishes on the kitchen table.
Each guest served themselves — buffet style — whatever they wanted to eat for dessert.
The best is achieved by attention to detail.
The dinner described above is a Persian style “home cooked meal.”
The meal I enjoyed for dinner Friday night was cooked with love, craftsmanship, skill and quality control by the hostess.
Her husband is a very lucky man.
It is am grateful to be his friend and her friend and to be their frequent dinner guest.
Mere luxury quickly becomes boring.
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